The Countdown

The group was ready. They had four people in line and they were determined to get the special marked down 70%. Doors opened in just four minutes and Beth was glad. She had never been much of a shopper, but her fiancé’s family was big on Black Friday shopping and she wanted to fit in.

A loud voice shouted about the din, “There will be no running, no pushing or shoving and you will enter in a straight line when the doors open soon. Products will not be sold to anyone seen breaking these rules.”

Beth shook her head. Her fiancé looked over and smiled at her. She glanced back at her future Mother-in law and sister-in-law. Taking a deep breath she chanted with the crowd “5…4… 3… 2…” They never got to 1 as the doors opened, the crowd advanced, and the madness began.

This is the beginning of the week of Thanksgiving in the US. Please take some time to enjoy each other’s company. In some families it is less about the food and more about the shopping, but in either circumstance you can be grateful for lots of things. Be grateful you are together, or this only happens once a year for a few hours. Be grateful for delicious food or the meal you will fix when you get home. Be thankful for the great deals you are buying or that you are at home in a warm bed. Just celebrate what makes you happy this year!


Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – advanced

Happy and Grateful – Day 328

November brings a chill in the air and the start of the holiday gatherings of family and friends.  I can’t believe I am down to the last two month of my challenge to find happiness and feel gratitude every day.  I hope you join with me in the comments or your own blog in this challenge.  No matter how small there is always a little good in even the worst day.

I woke up to a blinking cursor… out like a light in the middle of my post last night.  Darn fatigue!!  So let’s try to back up a few hours and get this done finally.  Oops!

It was the infamous Black Friday when hundreds stand in long lines for a chance to save a few dollars on something going on sale hours later.  …I have never understood why.  There is no sale that will get me out of sleeping and standing in the cold (although this year’s weather was unseasonably warm) at 4am.  I have always figured if I was meant to have it then it will be there when I arrive fully rested later in the day.  So I do not partake in the insanity that is Black Friday.  Most years the sales are on the same things except a few hot item toys and my daughter is well past the toy age.  So I was grateful to stay home and away from the crowds.

Actually spent a lot of the day worrying about my boyfriend who I am sure has the flu – body aches, fever and stuffy nose.  But there is no excuse on one of the busiest shopping days of the year not to be behind the register.  He did manage to make it through most of his shift and management let him leave about and hour and a half early.  He came home and just slept and took medicine.  I was happy he was able to rest fairly well all night.

Now I must get on with my day instead of sitting here all day I have things I should try to get done.  Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude.  Have a wonderful day/night!